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Women’s Initiative Receives Jane Doe Award: A Global Effort With A Local Connection

June 13, 2013 by Charity Wallace

The George W. Bush Institute Women’s Initiative was the 2013 recipient of the Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award in recognition for their work with marginalized women across the globe.  Created to celebrate individuals or groups who are committed to fighting injustices against women and children, the Jane Doe Award represents those who often remain nameless and faceless on their journey to freedom.

The signature program of the Women’s Initiative, the Women’s Initiative Fellowship seeks to empower women to become effective leaders.  With an initial focus in the Middle East and North Africa region, the Fellowship equips participants through leadership training, mentoring opportunities and visits to exemplary organizations across the United States. The inaugural class of Fellows, convened in 2012, was made up of 13 Egyptian women. The second Fellowship began in March 2013 and is comprised of 19 Egyptian women.

During their time in the United States, the Fellows had the opportunity to visit the Genesis Women’s Shelter, and found it to be one of their most beneficial and inspiring visits. Jan Langbein, Executive Director at Genesis and an advocate for women everywhere, provided an overview of the history of domestic violence in the United States and her team’s continued efforts to eradicate this problem. She invited prominent members of the community, including a local judge, a female detective from the Dallas Police Department and men from the Dallas Community, to share their uniformed vision for a community free of domestic violence with the Fellows.    The Fellows were greatly impacted by their visit and touched by the commitment of the entire community. 

We are honored to receive this award and to count the Genesis Women’s Shelter as a partner and friend to the Women’s Initiative.  Please join the Women’s Initiative in thanking Jan and the Genesis Women’s Shelter for their incredible work. 


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Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace

Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009.  During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life.  Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute.  Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. 

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